The Michigan Department of Education (MDE), routinely provides local districts, intermediate school districts, public school academies, nonpublic schools, and management agencies a list of employees who have been convicted of, or pled no contest to, any criminal offense.

The MDE would like to remind districts that routine monitoring of employee criminal histories is strongly encouraged. Districts should regularly review criminal information in the Michigan State Police’s Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) to help us ensure the safety of students.

Part of the health and safety requirements of the Michigan Compiled Laws, Chapter 380. School Code of 1976 § 380.1230g, involves notification requirements for school district staff upon learning about criminal convictions of district employed teachers who hold a teaching certificate.

The following reminder was sent out to districts:

In accordance with MCL 380.1535a(9) and 380.1539b(9), if the superintendent of a school district or intermediate school district, the chief administrative officer of a nonpublic school, the president of the board of a school district or intermediate school district, or the president of the governing board of a nonpublic school is notified or learns through an authoritative source that a person who holds a teaching certificate and who is employed by the school district, intermediate school district, or nonpublic school has been convicted of a crime described in subsection (1) or (2), the superintendent, chief administrative officer, or board president shall notify the superintendent of public instruction of that conviction within 15 days after learning of the conviction.

The following criminal convictions are included in the Statute:

  1. Any felony
  2. CSC in any degree
  3. Felonious assault on a child, child abuse in any degree, attempted child abuse in any degree, cruelty, torture, or indecent exposure involving a child
  4. Manufacturing/delivering controlled substance
  5. Delivery of a narcotic to a minor or student or within 1,000 feet of school property
  6. Breaking and Entering
  7. Knowingly allowing a minor to consume or possess alcohol or a controlled substance at a social gathering
  8. Accosting, enticing or soliciting a child for an immoral purpose
  9. Larceny from a vacant dwelling
  10. Assault and Battery or aggravated assault
  11. Furnishing alcohol to a minor

The notification and any related questions should be directed to Stephanie Whiteside, Staff Consultant for Professional Practices, Office of Professional Preparation Services, P.O. Box 30008, Lansing, MI 48909, (517) 335-1167 or WhitesideS@michigan.gov